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PATRICK ZIIDEEH V. RIVERS STATE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION

(2007) JELR 33132 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.183/2001  •  26 Jan 2007  •  Nigeria

Coram
IDRIS LEGBO KUTIGI JSC; UMARU ATU KALGO JSC; GEORGE ADESOLA OGUNTADE JSC; MAHMUD MOHAMMED JSC; IKECHI FRANCIS OGBUAGU JSC;

Judgement

M. MOHAMMED, J.S.C (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This appeal is against the judgment of the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal delivered on 7/12/2000, dismissing the appellant's appeal against the judgment of the Ahoada trial High Court of Justice, Rivers State of 29/11/1990 dismissing the appellant's action against the respondent.

The appellant was a civil servant under the employment of the respondent in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Port Harcourt as a Store Assistant. In 1977, it was discovered in the store where the appellant was serving that 120 bales of stockfish worth N20,000.00 were missing. The appellant who was interdicted and placed on half salary, was charged to a Magistrate Court for the theft of the bales of stockfish. After the trial, the appellant was discharged and acquitted on 1-11-1978.

However, in 1984, a Board of Inquiry was instituted to investigate the loss of the 120 bales of stockfish from the appellant's store. The appellant was invit…

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